The world’s best loved alien ET is making a stellar comeback after 37 years back home on his own planet.
And in a twist to the 1982 Steven Spielberg epic, he lands back on earth to see his old friend Elliott who is now grown up and married with a young son and daughter.
ET turn up unexpectedly at Christmas and in scenes reminiscent of the original, as soon as he claps eyes on two children, all three scream in fear.
But once the little alien comes out from hiding behind a snowman, he points at the boy and asks “Elliott?”.
Child actor Zebastian Borjeau reprises the role as Elliott Jnr and bears an uncanny resemblance to star Henry Thomas who shot to fame as the 10-year-old schoolboy who befriended the lost extra terrestrial and helped him find his way home.
Schoolgirl Alvia Drews takes on the Drew Barrymore part as his sister and just as viewers come to terms with seeing ET back on screens in a dazzling two minute Christmas for Sky, grown up Elliott – Henry – makes a surprise appearance and ET knows it is HIM.
As he softly says “Elliott” again, his now adult pal looks at him in wonder and whispers: “You came back”.
ET is introduced to the family and Elliott Snr tells him: “A lot’s changed since you were here”.
He discovers earth now has the internet and virtual reality films and even though he makes a new friend in Elliott Jnr and snuggles up in front of the telly with him to watch old movies, it’s clear he is missing his own family.
His old friend finds him in a room looking at a hologram of his wife and child and they both know it’s time for ET to return when he forlornly says the immortal word “home”.
But before the final scene which will have the nation reaching for their hankies, ET and the kids go for one last spin on the flying bike and recreate the iconic scene from the Universal classic when Elliott cycles across the moon with ET in the basket, covered by a blanket.
The stirring original score plays in the background and as they come back down from their high spirited ride, the heartbreaking reality hits – its time to say goodbye.
And there won’t be a dry eye in the house for the farewell as ET tells his new young friend: “I’ll be right here” and touches the boy’s heart with his signature glowing finger.
Filmed in Vancouver, Canada with a new model of ET, the multi-million pound saga has been given Spielberg’s personal seal of approval.
The legendary director gave the nod to the storyline and the final cut and Sky said he “gave counsel” for the ad which was also done with Universal’s blessing.
Sky’s blockbuster Holiday Reunion will get its first screening online today (Thurs) as the UK and US show it simultaneously before running across Sky channels from 9pm this evening.
The broadcaster said ET’s homecoming was ideal for its “Reconnect this Christmas” message.
Sky UK boss Stephen van Rooyen said: “It’s an honour to bring ET back to earth in this new festive short story, helping us to celebrate the magic of family time at Christmas and Sky’s part in bringing our customers together at this special time of year.”
Director Lance Acord who had the unenviable task of picking up where Spielberg had left off, said the of the mini-movie: “More than anything, the whole story is about family.”
Award winning sci-fi blockbuster ET the Extra Terrestrial broke box office records in the Eighties and a year after release in 1982 had taken £479 million worldwide.
But it’s former child star Thomas, 48, ran into trouble last month when he was arrested for driving under the influence in Oregon after police officers found him passed out behind the wheel of his stationary car on a busy intersection.
He admitted the charge along with reckless driving but was spared jail after a plea bargain two weeks ago which will see him go on a year long diversion programme, pay a £387 fine, attend a one-time victim impact panel and have an ignition interlock device installed in his car.
It means he must take a breathalyser test before starting the car.
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